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CSC 150: Seminar 1: 0.5 hours.


Covers technical skills (such as use of Linux) needed during the major, soft skills (including note taking and time management), specific CS topics, architecture, o.s., programming languages, and ethics. Also will include guest speakers from industry and projects done by upperclassmen. To be taken twice. One lecture per week.

Goals for CSC 150 are:

To be determined

Course outcomes for CSC 150 are:

Upon completion of CSC 150, students will understand:

  • how to take quality lecture notes and respond intelligently to a talk
  • different options in the curriculum available to them in the junior and senior years
  • additional ethical issues
  • additional security issues
  • (depending on the semester)
    • how to use Linux and vi
    • how to use and program Windows server
    • how to use other technologies as appropriate

Program outcomes for CSC 150 are:

  1. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  2. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal, ethical, and moral principles.
  3. Use technology to help bring Christ to the world and apply Christian principles to their work


  1. Note taking at the introductory level by requiring students to summarize what was said by the speakers with details not found in any posted slides
  2. Technical writing at the introductory level by requiring all writing to adhere to format standards
  3. Professional at the introductory level by having working professionals talk to the students about what it means to be a professional and by having inflexible deadlines.
  4. Cybersecurity at an introductory level by
    • studying one current event associated with cybersecurity
  5. Ethics at an application level by
    • studying one current event associated with computing ethics including the Christian perspective


  • Professor: Dr. Cathy Bareiss
  • Office SB 027
  • Class Time: noon-12:50 F
  • Class Location: AC 434 -> Note this is in the AC!
  • Textbook: membership in ACM

Course Content


  * Covid related polices, etc
  * Integrity
  * Late work 


  1. Most assignments will be made in class. Notes should be taken at that time.
  2. Linux Assignment
  3. Vi assignment


  • Homework and quizzes. Grades are based on a fail, low pass, pass, and high pass scale. A pass on all assignments (but two) will equal an A. The remaining grades are scaled similarly. You must receive at least a low pass on all but 3 assignments to pass (D).

Tentative Schedule

Jan 15
Career overview
Jan 22
Creating a professional presence on the web
Jan 29
Linux 1
Feb 5
Feb 11
Linux 2
Feb 19
Security 1
Feb 26
Ethics 1
Mar 5
Cloud overview
Mar 12
Technical writing
Mar 19
Computing history
Mar 26
Guest speaker
Apr 2
Easter Break
Apr 9
Guest speaker
Apr 16
Professional societies
Apr 23
Guest speaker
Apr 30
Finals Week


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